BILLY ARONSON: I started writing plays at 17 because I was in love, and it suddenly felt like all the things you say or do to express feelings weren’t nearly enough.
JL: Tell me a little bit about your writing process. Do you have any writing rituals? Do you write in the same place or in different places?
BA: When I’m writing I need to move around a lot. Bike riding, running, pacing…
JL: Can you tell me about the play that’s being published in Plays for Two?
BA: “Negotiation” is about the way you have to package yourself to make a living. I wanted to explode that process as quickly and completely as possible.
JL: What excited you about being a part of this anthology?
BA: The script has never published before. I’m really excited that lots more people will be able to find it.
JL: What advice do you have for up-and-coming playwrights?
BA: Be proud of your weirdness.
JL: What next for you? Where can we follow your work?
BA: I’ve created an animated PBS kids show called Peg + Cat with artist Jennifer Oxley; we’re in the middle of bringing our loopy universe to life. You can follow my work at “billyaronson.com”.
About the Playwright
About the Anthology
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It takes two to tango—or to perform a duet, fight a duel, or play ping-pong. The two-character play is dramatic confrontation stripped to its essence. These four full-length and twenty-four short plays feature pairs of every sort—strangers, rivals, parents and children, siblings, co-workers, friends, and lovers—swooning or sparring, meeting cute or parting ways. In a dizzying range of moods and styles, these two-handers offer the kind of meaty, challenging roles actors love, while providing readers and audiences with the pleasures of watching the complex give-and-take dynamics of two keenly matched characters.